Today the Journey to the White House quilt received several new stitches from 3rd and 5th graders from Midtown Academy in Baltimore. The students from Midtown Academy held a mock election in the days leading up to the presidential election in which they elected Barack Obama as president by a landslide. Mr. Charlie Greenawault, a Maryland Institute College of Art alum and teacher at the Midtown Academy, brought several students to see the quilt and add messages about what the quilt means to them.
Dr. Gaither asked them to think about words that are important to them and add them to the quilt as messages for all who see the quilt. Among the many messages and images that were added as the word "hope." This word has become a very popular theme in the quilt and serves as a great message for the overall meaning of the project. Other messages included "unity," "work together," and "beautiful time for freedom."
Students were asked to write about their experience in a journal which accompanies the quilt as well as post messages here on the blog. Students included several different types of entries including personal statements and poetry. You can see some of their postings to the blog by scrolling down to the blog entry entitled "Message from Dr. Joan Gaither."
Don't forget, there are two more opportunities to add your stitches to the Journey to the White House quilt. Wednesday, January 14 the quilt will be at the Wiley Bates Legacy Center in Annapolis from 2-6 p.m. On Saturday, January 17, a quilting session will be held at the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. before going on display at 2:00 p.m.